You might be surprised to learn that Dr Pepper is not a Coke product. In fact, Dr Pepper is its own independent company. However, that hasn’t stopped people from speculating about the nature of the relationship between these two iconic American brands. Let’s take a closer look at the facts to set the record straight.
What is Dr Pepper?
Dr Pepper is a carbonated soft drink that was first introduced in 1885. It is made with a unique blend of 23 different flavors, including vanilla, cherry, lime, and prune. While the exact recipe for Dr Pepper is a closely guarded secret, we do know that it does not contain cocaine or any other illegal substances.
Is Dr Pepper a Coke product?
No, Dr Pepper is not a Coke product. However, Coca-Cola does own a minority stake in Keurig Dr Pepper, the company that bottled and distributed Dr Pepper until July 2018 when it was acquired by JAB Holding Company.
The relationship between Coke and Dr Pepper goes back to early 20th century when Coca-Cola bottlers began bottling and distributing Dr Pepper in some areas of the United States.
At one point, almost all of the Dr Pepper sold in the US was bottled and distributed by Coca-Cola. However, that changed in 1987 when Pepsico gained the right to bottle and distribute Dr Pepper in most of the country as part of an antitrust settlement with the US government.
While Coca-Cola no longer bottles or distributes Dr Pepper in most of the US, there are still some areas of the country—primarily in Texas—where you can find Coca-Cola bottling plants that produce and distribute Dr Pepper products.
So if you find yourself in Texas and you see a bottle of Dr Pepper with a Coca-Cola logo on it, don’t be alarmed—it’s perfectly normal!
Dr pepper is its own independent company however coca cola does own 49% percent of stakes In Keurig Dr pepper. keurig dr pepper was created when two companies merged together (KDC Holdings LLC) Keurig Green Mountain Inc) In July 2018 which then JAB Holding Company acquired soon after . There are still some areas today where you can find Dr pepper being distributed by coke products . But for now Dr pepper remains Its own independent company . Thanks For Reading!